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Gerald Singleton of Singleton Schreiber Discusses Dixie Fire Lawsuits on Fox40

Singleton Schreiber managing partner Gerald Singleton appeared on Northern California’s Fox40 affiliate on September 16. “It’s so difficult,” he said. “I’ve spoken with and represented thousands of fire victims over the years, and while all of their stories have a lot in common, all of them are unique. Everybody’s loss is unique.” Singleton said PG&E is so far behind in protecting the grid that they can’t keep up. “It just was a case of negligence,” he said. “It’s just tragic.”

Singleton said PG&E knew that they were dealing with a high-risk area, but they didn’t act decisively enough. “Why they didn’t shut the power off really is beyond me, and I think it’s going to be shown that they were negligent — and as a result, our clients will be able to recover their damages.”

Watch the full interview in the video above.

Dixie Fire Compensation Available Through AB-1054

Assembly Bill 1054 (“AB 1054”), also known as the California Wildfire Fund (the “Fund”), was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July 2019. The Fund provides the state’s investor-owned utility companies $21 billion in insurance protection. The Fund protects a utility company from bankruptcy by helping pay for wildfire damages that exceed $1 billion. AB 1054 was created to encourage utility companies “to invest in safety and improve safety culture to limit wildfire risks and reduce costs,” and in return, the utility companies receive financial protection.

Learn more about how AB-1054 works.

Apply for Dixie Fire Assistance

The deadline to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Oct. 25, 2021. According to a FEMA press release, “Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance. The easiest way to apply is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Survivors who may need to request an accommodation or have additional questions can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT, seven days a week.

View the FEMA disaster page for more information. Disaster assistance is intended to meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts — for information about receiving full compensation for damages and losses, see our Dixie Fire lawsuit page.

Live Dixie Fire Updates

  • InciWeb — Real-time Dixie Fire news from the interagency all-risk incident information management system.

Dixie Fire Debris Removal Program

CalRecycle: Wildfire Cleanup and Removal — Find information on California’s statewide wildfire debris cleanup efforts. Removing disaster debris reduces threats to public health and safety and protects the environment. Learn more about California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program and find out how you can get assistance.

The state program is implemented by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and local governments. Get more information about debris cleanup and removal.

PG&E Report to California Public Utilities Commission

Dixie Fire PG&E Report Transcript — Read the report issued to the California PUC about the origin of the Dixie Fire. The report states that a PG&E troubleman observed what he thought was a blown fuse in a densely forested area of Butte County on the morning of July 13 at approximately 7 a.m., but he could not get to the site until around 3:40 p.m. due to “challenging terrain and road work resulting in a bridge closure.”

The report continues, “There he observed two of three fuses blown and what appeared to him to be a healthy green tree leaning into the Bucks Creek 1101 12 kV conductor, which was still intact and suspended on the poles. He also observed a fire on the ground near the base of the tree.” View the PG&E report for more.

Largest California Wildfires Caused by Power Companies

Dixie Fire largest CA wildfire sparked by utility company — The Dixie Fire and the Zogg Fire are among the largest ever California wildfires started by utility company equipment. Read about the others, when they occurred, and how much damage they caused, as well as what kind of power company settlements were reached.

Other fires on this list include the Thomas FireCamp FireKincade Fire, and Woolsey Fire.

Dixie Fire Lawsuit News

PG&E Charged: Shasta County DA Announces 31 Charges Against PG&E Over Zogg Fire

September 24, 2021: PG&E Charged With Manslaughter in Shasta County Fire that Killed Four

According to the LA Times, “The Shasta County district attorney’s office has filed 31 criminal charges against Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in the 2020 Zogg fire, which killed four people and destroyed more than 200 buildings last year, officials announced Friday.

The charges include 11 felonies and 20 misdemeanors, as well as multiple enhancements, District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said. The filing includes manslaughter charges for the deaths.

As the Singleton Schreiber Dixie Fire Lawsuit against PG&E ramps up, PG&E is still facing pressure from Zogg Fire litigation. The Zogg Fire burned for two months in Shasta County during the fall of 2020. Singleton Schreiber launched its first of three Zogg Fire complaints in San Francisco Superior Court on December 23, 2020, presided over by the same judge who heard our Kincade Fire litigation.

Get more information about the Singleton Schreiber Zogg Fire lawsuit, the Zogg Fire charges against PG&E, and any updates on Zogg Fire litigation in our Zogg Fire Bulletin.

CA bans insurance cancellations on homeowners affected by Dixie Fire for one year

September 19, 2021: State halts insurance cancellations for 1 year in major wildfire areas

Just days after Singleton Schreiber filed two Dixie Fire lawsuits against PG&E, the state of California has imposed a one-year ban preventing fire insurance carriers from dropping homeowners who live in areas including those affected by the Dixie Fire and other major wildfires.

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced the 12-month moratorium on September 19 — he said it will protect 325,000 homeowners in 22 counties keep their insurance for at least another year.

Get more information on the mandatory one-year moratorium on non-renewals.

LA Times on Singleton Schreiber Dixie Fire Lawsuits

September 17, 2021: Victims of Dixie fire sue PG&E, whose equipment is suspected of sparking the massive blaze

“Gerald Singleton, an attorney for the victims, estimates that the blaze — the second-largest in California history — has affected thousands, from those who lost multigenerational homes to others whose businesses were destroyed.

‘The loss of memories, cherished possessions, things like that just can’t be replaced, but we can through the system at least compensate them for their economic losses,’ Singleton said of his clients…”

Read the full LA Times coverage.

Sacramento Bee on Singleton Schreiber Dixie Fire Lawsuits

September 16, 2021: Dixie Fire victims sue PG&E as wildfire liabilities mount for California’s largest utility

“PG&E Corp. is being sued by more than 200 victims of the Dixie Fire, adding to the potential wildfire liabilities confronting a utility that barely a year ago emerged from a bankruptcy case sparked by earlier fire damages.

The Singleton Schreiber law firm of San Diego, which has tangled with PG&E for years over wildfire liability claims, said Wednesday it’s filed a pair of lawsuits against California’s largest utility over damages caused by the Dixie Fire…”

Read the Sacramento Bee’s full coverage.

Singleton Schreiber Press Release on Dixie Fire Lawsuits

September 15, 2021: Singleton Schreiber Announces Dixie Fire Lawsuits

Leading fire litigation firm Singleton Schreiber has filed two lawsuits on behalf of nearly 200 plaintiffs alleging PG&E caused the Dixie Fire, a massive disaster that has quickly become the second-largest wildfire in California history…

“It’s clear that PG&E started this fire. The best thing they can do is to acknowledge that fact and make the survivors whole,” Singleton Schreiber attorney Gerald Singleton, who is spearheading the litigation, said. “We’re committed to helping our clients get the resources they need to rebuild their homes and their lives, and we look forward to advancing these cases and serving as their advocate in court.”

Read Singleton Schreiber’s full Dixie Fire Lawsuit Press Release.

Read Judge Prouty’s Order Granting Coordination.

Read the Notice of Order Granting Coordination in San Francisco

Read the JCCP Order Assigning Coordination Trial Judge

Read More News Coverage of Singleton Schreiber’s Dixie Fire Lawsuit

Compensation for Dixie Fire Victims

If you have experienced property damage or loss caused by the Dixie Fire or another wildfire started by a power company, or if you or a loved one has incurred hospitalization, severe burns or other physical injuries, wrongful death, psychological trauma, or other long-term health issues, contact our experienced California wildfire attorneys to schedule your free claim evaluation today and seek Dixie Fire compensation.